Student Wellbeing Advisory Group
Are you passionate about student mental health and wellbeing? Do you want to influence programs, initiatives and campaigns that aim to address emerging student wellbeing needs? We want to hear from YOU!
The Student Health and Wellbeing team are currently recruiting for the 2024 Student Wellbeing Advisory Group.
The University of Adelaide Student Wellbeing Advisory Group is a dynamic student volunteer program committed to enhancing the overall wellbeing of students. Our mission is to create a supportive and inclusive environment by prioritising students' physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing.
In addition to answers within the application, member selection will be based on merit, availability and diversity to ensure a range of voices can inform future campaigns. Applications close 13 October 2023.
If you have any further questions or concerns about the role or need support in completing your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the program
The purpose of the Student Wellbeing Advisory Group is to engage student volunteers as partners in meaningful activities and projects that contribute to the wellbeing of the student body. We want to provide students with a voice in the implementation of initiatives that serve their needs. Through collaboration, education, and advocacy, we aim to address the diverse aspects of wellbeing and help foster a positive campus culture within our community. Volunteers will take on various roles including:
- Provide empathetic and non-judgmental peer support for their fellow students.
- Work in partnership with the Student Health and Wellbeing team to develop easily accessible wellbeing resources.
- Assist in the creation of engaging events and activities that promote wellbeing, such as campaigns, days of observance, workshops, and other initiatives such as Safer Campus Community, Mental Health Awareness, and health promotion campaigns.
- Advocate for policies and initiatives that prioritize student wellbeing, collaborating with relevant campus stakeholders to ensure that the student voice is heard, and that wellbeing remains a central focus. This includes supporting. the implementation of the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
- Collect feedback from students through surveys and focus groups to continually assess the effectiveness of wellbeing initiatives and to identify areas for improvement.
- Refer students to appropriate resources, ensuring that no student feels alone during challenging times.
The Student Wellbeing Advisory Group offers numerous benefits to the volunteers themselves, enhancing their personal and professional development while also contributing to the wellbeing of their fellow students. Here are some key benefits for volunteers:
- Mental Health First Aid training and other wellbeing professional development opportunities.
- Develop strong leadership and communication skills by actively participating in group discussions and engaging with their peers. They learn to effectively convey ideas, facilitate discussions, and collaborate with diverse individuals.
- Experience personal growth and increased self-awareness as they engage in activities related to wellbeing. They may gain a deeper understanding of their own wellbeing needs.
- Being part of the advisory group allows volunteers to connect with like-minded students, staff, and community groups.
- Acquire valuable skills in event planning, project management, and advocacy.
- Experience a sense of fulfillment and purpose knowing they are making a positive impact on their campus community. The knowledge that their efforts contribute to the wellbeing of fellow students can be highly rewarding.
To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Must be enrolled in at least 2 courses in each study period at the University of Adelaide.
- Must have completed at least 1 study period and achieved a 5.0 GPA (credit average).
- Must have at least 2 study terms remaining in their degree, to sign a 1-year volunteer contract.
- Complete an application.
- Attend an interview.
While every student volunteer should prioritise their studies, commitment to participating in induction, training and professional development activities, and key events will be required. Before you consider applying, take note of some key dates for recruitment and days of observance for later in 2023 and during 2024:
- Interviews for the role: 24 October 2023.
- One-day Induction to the program: TBC.
- Training during the week prior to O-Week (12 – 16 February 2024, exact day TBC). This includes the 2-day program Mental Health First Aid.
- Monthly meetings (1 hour). This will include discussions about upcoming campaigns, initiatives, and programs.
- O-Week S1: 19-24 February and S2: 15-19 July.
- IDAHOBIT Day – 17 May.
- Wear it Purple Day – 25 August.
- R U OK Day – 14 September.
- SEXtember (Sexual Health Campaign) – September.
- Mental Health Awareness Month – October.
Please note: This is a snapshot of key events throughout the year. Other wellbeing initiatives will take place where we will ask the Student Wellbeing Advisory Group to participate.
What we expect from you
To get the most from the program, the Student Wellbeing Advisory Groups commits to:
- Attend a compulsory training and induction sessions.
- Attend project meetings in the lead up to their event or activity, as required.
- Volunteer at least 10 hours per semester to an agreed wellbeing initiative.
How to submit your application
After you submit your application
If your application is shortlisted, you will be asked to attend a group interview.
If you pass the group interview, we will provide full details on the key wellbeing initiatives each semester and invite your ideas and enthusiasm to advise on the development of initiatives, campaigns, and resources. You will be supported to identify projects you want to help develop or work on. There is a whole team here to support you and we are excited to promote wellbeing together.